Visitor Limits

WHS where the number of visitors either per day or in total at any one time is officially limited (whether or not it is properly implemented) across the entire site Excluding sites where a limit only applies to a particular area within the inscribed site. Excluding limits "recommended" by ICOMOS/IUCN etc where there is no evidence that these recommendations have been accepted.

Connected Sites

Site Rationale Link
Acropolis Limited to 20,000 a day per September 2023. It will be managed in hourly blocks.
Brazilian Atlantic Islands There are strict visitor limits per day to the most popular hiking spots in the park. You have to reserve beforehand in person at the visitor center. There are no other limits to visiting the National Park including the surrounding waters (Fernando de Noronha sees 400,000 visitors a year).
Cordouan Lighthouse 400 a day
Fanjingshan no more than 23,480 visitors per day
French Austral Lands and Seas "A maximum of 50 tourists land on the islands for just a few days" (AB, unclear if that's an official limitation or a practical)
Granada To Alhambra: 6,600 people each day
Hal Saflieni Hypogeum "Following consultation with UNESCO a limit of 80 admissions per day has been set, and this in order to prevent irreparable damage to such a sensitive and unique site. Heritage Malta cannot and will not go beyond this limit"
Hubei Shennongjia From May 2018, "The tourism area, covering only 3.5 percent of the park, has six scenic spots. The Shennongding scenic spot has limited the daily number of visitors at 14,800, which is the highest visitor cap among all spots. The Tianshengqiao scenic spot has the lowest daily cap, with 4,770 people."
Kulangsu maximum number of visitors per day would amount to 15,000 (into effect on 15 June 2017)
Lord Howe Island 400 at any one time
Machu Picchu "Machu Picchu tickets are NOT sold at the entrance gate and are limited to 2500 per day" (Wikitravel)
Mount Athos "If you are a member of the laity (i.e. not ordained), either Orthodox or otherwise, you must organise your visit through the Mt Athos Pilgrim's office in Thessaloniki. Pilgrims are admitted to Athos on a daily basis that is composed of two quotas: 120 Orthodox pilgrims and 10 non-Orthodox visitors may enter Athos each day, "
Padua’s fourteenth-century fresco cycles "In the case of the Scrovegni Chapel, tourist flow is controlled by a pre-booking requirement, for groups of limited size and visits of a specific length of time (admission by booking only/groups of up to 25 people/set lengths for each visit). (Nomination file, p. 253)
Puerto-Princesa Subterranean River 700
Santa Maria delle Grazie Visits last 15 minutes and must be pre-booked; no more than 30 people each turn.
Sceilg Mhichíl "To protect the site, the Office of Public Works limits the number of visitors to 180 per day." (wiki) - this is regulated by controlling the number of boat permits
Tugendhat Villa There are only so many tours per day (which have to be booked months in advance). The website states: " A maximum of 15 people are allowed in one tour group due to capacity and safety reasons".


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